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CONSUMER ADVISORY: New Consumer Protections for Residential Service Agreements

Before signing a contract

Make sure you read and understand the contract you’re signing and review the helpful information below:

Tip Sheets for Buyers and Sellers:

Home Buyer Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent 

Home Seller Tips for Choosing a Real Estate Agent


A Licensee May Not Require a Buyer to Use a Specific Lender or Settlement Company as a Condition of Settlement


Sellers can choose whether to disclose or disclaim information about the property they are selling. If they choose to disclose information about the property’s condition, be sure to look for:

For Consumers

  • Hazards

    • Asbestos

    • Lead Paint

    • Mold

    • Other Potential Dangers

  • Latent Defects

  • Material Facts

Additional Information / Links: 

Understanding Whom Real Estate Agents Represent

The Importance of a Home Inspection

Return of Earnest Money Deposit (EMD)

Guidelines for Use of Unlicensed Assistants

What is Housing Discrimination?

File a Complaint:

Complaint Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Disciplinary Actions

File a Complaint

File a Fair Housing (HUD) Complaint  

*Salespersons and associate brokers work directly for brokers. If you have an issue with either please contact the broker to attempt to resolve the issue. 


The Title Insurance Consumer’s Bill of Rights - Nine (9) Things You Should Know Before Signing a Contract of Sale or Refinancing Your Property

Wet Settlement Procedure Act

Timeshare Information:

Avoiding Timeshare Resale Scams

How to Exit Your Timeshare

Legal services may be available to you from the following agencies:

Maryland Legal Aid

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Maryland & National Links